Winch n water

Submitted: Sunday, Nov 17, 2013 at 18:21
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Hey all. Was wondering about using a warn 9000lb winch if stuck with the winch submerged. Are they capable of working under this scenario... Any feed back/info on this matter, just for future reference, would be much appreciated. It's fitted to a 150 prado. Cheers Odog.
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Reply By: Tony F8 - Sunday, Nov 17, 2013 at 18:46

Sunday, Nov 17, 2013 at 18:46
Will not be a problem buddy, give it a good spray with inox and it's all good, just do your regular servicing and it wil go forever.
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Follow Up By: Member - Odog - Sunday, Nov 17, 2013 at 19:03

Sunday, Nov 17, 2013 at 19:03
Thanks Tony, good to know. Love that inox. Cheers
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Follow Up By: John and Regina M - Sunday, Nov 17, 2013 at 19:57

Sunday, Nov 17, 2013 at 19:57
Yes they may work under water, and probably will, however remember they are not waterproof despite claims contrary so will require servicing, incl dismantling after each water crossing where they are submerged to remove moisture otherwise say goodbye to it.
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew L (QLD) - Sunday, Nov 17, 2013 at 22:09

Sunday, Nov 17, 2013 at 22:09
Very true. Externally spraying them with Inox or similar is not going to get the moisture and crud out of the gearbox and electric motor. They do corrode....and you don't know until it doesn't work 1 day, and it is dismantled.
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Reply By: Batt's - Sunday, Nov 17, 2013 at 21:08

Sunday, Nov 17, 2013 at 21:08
I've never tried using an electric winch when it was submerged I thought there would be a good chance of it shorting and if the control box is mounted next to the winch like mine is I definitely couldn't use it. So if I moved the control box to a higher position under the bonnet then the winch is the only submerged item you reckon it would work fine.
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Follow Up By: Member - Boobook - Monday, Nov 18, 2013 at 06:42

Monday, Nov 18, 2013 at 06:42
Batt's, contrary to popular belief, water won't interfere or short 12V electrics ( not including fine electronics stuff like say a phone). It will work 100% fine under water. Any electronics should be sealed though.

The only issue is salt water. You should hose it down with fresh water if you use the winch or not.
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Follow Up By: Ross M - Monday, Nov 18, 2013 at 09:27

Monday, Nov 18, 2013 at 09:27
Batt's

How is it going to SHORT? It is only 12v and the circuitry will not alter and therefore no shorting can occur.
If you are thinking of electrical conduction through the wate,r then of course dirty water will carry some current but unless it is salty sea water there won't be any measurable amount of water conduction of electricity, and it is still only 12V. Not 240v
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Follow Up By: Batt's - Wednesday, Nov 20, 2013 at 08:08

Wednesday, Nov 20, 2013 at 08:08
No worries thanks
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Reply By: olcoolone - Monday, Nov 18, 2013 at 11:35

Monday, Nov 18, 2013 at 11:35
There are some winches that claim to be waterproof, if Warn saw the need to waterproof them chances are they would.

If you became submerged I would also worry about the alternator and starter motor...... best thing to do is don't submerge your vehicle and if you do was everything out with heaps of clean running water, it's not the water that kills them; it's the mud and crap.
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Follow Up By: Member - Odog - Monday, Nov 18, 2013 at 16:31

Monday, Nov 18, 2013 at 16:31
Thanks all, I prefer to stay clear of deep water, also don't like steep, slippery hills.. I'm a bit of a woose? Lol... Drowned my 62 series years ago, so been there, done that! Want to look after this vehicle, as best I can. Thanks again. Cheers. Odog
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Reply By: The Bantam - Tuesday, Nov 19, 2013 at 10:41

Tuesday, Nov 19, 2013 at 10:41
Most of the Warn winches make no claim to being water proof.....in operation or not.
In fact little or no effort has been made to keep the water out.

So regardless of the winch being run, if it is immersed in water it will need a strip down service. The main problem is not the electrics but the gearbox.

Of course there is nice clean water....and pregressivly dirtier water that becomes mud.....that is much less healthy for ya winch.

So...there you are, up to ya nuts in water or some other slop......are ya just gon'a sit there are are ya gona winch ya self out?.

Either way a strip down service.... soon..., will be required.

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Reply By: Penchy - Friday, Nov 22, 2013 at 13:52

Friday, Nov 22, 2013 at 13:52
Pretty sure Warn warrenty doesn't cover a failure do to submersion. Might want to do your own research on that and decide if you want to take that risk. There is one brand that I know of that WILL cover submersion.
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